UPDATE: [Professional] Rethinking the Survey Course - NEMLA (10/1/07; 4/10-13/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Robin DeRosa
contact email: 
rderosa@plymouth.edu

Rethinking the Survey Course

Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Buffalo, NY
April 10-13, 2008

This panel seeks to rethink the “survey course,” a ubiquitous course—or,
in most cases, series of courses—in college-level English degree
programs. The traditional survey program requires four courses: two in
American lit and two in British lit; these courses are almost always
organized chronologically, and often take anthologies such as the Norton
or the Heath as their primary or sole texts. As more English programs
seek to interrogate rather than simply reinscribe canonicity, how can
survey courses shift to meet the changing politics and pedagogies of
today’s English departments? Questions to consider may include: are
survey courses worthwhile? how can we teach literary history and
periodization without sacrificing depth or blindly reinscribing the
canon? should British and American surveys be handled in parallel
courses, or are these geographic fields distinct enough to warrant
differing survey forms? should global literatures (other than American or
British) be part of a survey program? at what level of a degree program
should survey courses be required? what innovative approaches and ideas
do instructors have for rethinking the survey course? Papers with a
balance of theoretical discussion and practical possibilities will be
especially welcome.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Abstracts due electronically by October 1, 2007 to
Robin DeRosa at rderosa_at_plymouth.edu. For more information on NEMLA,
visit http://www.nemla.org/index.html.

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